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How to support the Midwest’s largest employer of the blind and visually impaired

Written by Katie Fourney    on February 17, 2020
Outlook Nebraska, the largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in a seven-state region, provides anyone dealing with vision loss resources to stay independent. Opportunities to join Outlook Nebraska in fulfilling their mission are not only impactful but uniquely fun!



Here are a few ways you can help visually impaired teens take part in fun activities or guide adults in doing something for the first time.
 


1. Step up to the plate for this day of baseball!


Batter up! Are you a baseball player, baseball coach or baseball team?
Come team up with blind and low vision teenagers for a game of beep baseball. With beeping balls, beeping bases and your help, it will be a ball.

Innovation and impact spur DIBS for kids

Written by Katie Fourney    on February 13, 2020    in
The Lifting Up Do-Gooders column, written by SHARE Omaha executive director Marjorie Maas, runs bi-monthly in metroMAGAZINE. See the original publication of this article here on page 34. 

Who is a Do-Gooder?  Either you are one, or you know a few. SHARE Omaha defines do-gooders as those who see a need and do good for others or the community; those who raise their hands to help when a crisis or challenge arises around them; those who regularly prioritize this good work, even in the light of personal sacrifice.

5 Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and support nonprofits

Written by Katie Fourney    on February 10, 2020    in
There are as many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as there are varieties of roses. Here are five ways to celebrate Cupid’s day AND support local Omaha metro nonprofits. And, if you’re not feeling the love, suggestion #5 is for you.
 

1. Gift a Nebraska Humane Society sweatshirt 




Spay. Neuter. Wrap your Valentine in a cushy sweatshirt of love. Shop here.
 

2. Attend Heartland Hope Mission’s open house: A Brunch of Love




Hope needs you: Volunteering at The Hope Center for Kids

Written by Katie Fourney    on January 31, 2020    in
The Hope Center for Kids founders Pastor Ty and Terri Schenzel saw the need for hope in the lives of children who could not see beyond their circumstances. Today, their vision is carried on by dedicated staff and volunteers who provide a safe after-school and summer program where youth can take part in faith-building, academic support, youth development, employment training and receive a hot meal.

Lou, a longtime volunteer, and her husband have supported the work of The Hope Center for 20 years.

Currently, Lou is a part of a team of volunteers that work in The Hope Center’s garden. Approximately 20 raised beds are used to grow vegetables and flowers and each spring the team cleans the beds and preps them for planting. Lou enjoys helping kids plant seeds, maintain the beds and watch new life grow.
 

Find your fit and become a mentor

Written by Katie Fourney    on January 27, 2020    in
January is National Mentoring Month. Find your fit and become a mentor now.
 
Mentors connect, befriend and guide. The impact of mentors is tangible. Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for Omaha/Council Bluffs metro young people who become the future leaders of our community.

It can feel daunting to be a part of helping youth make responsible choices, but for many it’s natural! The first step is to show up.

Shelley, a GOAL buddy for Partnership 4 Kids, views her time with Gifford Park Elementary students as a break in the day.

SHARE Omaha turns one year old!

Written by Katie Fourney    on January 16, 2020    in
You're invited to celebrate SHARE Omaha's birthday with us! We'd say no gifts, but...  volunteer, donate (use donation code BIRTHDAY) or send a special item to one of 405 local nonprofits. Your generosity is the best gift!

Just 365 days ago, SHAREomaha.org went live. And these past 52 weeks, you've done GOOD!

Givers from across the metro discovered new nonprofits that serve important causes and connected in meaningful ways. You've served thousands of volunteer hours, attended important events, shared your funds and gifted items nonprofits need to do their work. Thank you for using SHAREomaha.org as a resource to find your fit and do good!

Highlights of SHARE Omaha's first year:

    Giving Tuesday reveals growing power of doing good metro-wide

    Written by Katie Fourney    on December 10, 2019    in

    Local nonprofits win new support in “Do Good” takeover powered by SHARE Omaha


    Giving Tuesday 2019, powered by SHARE Omaha, turned out to be a memorable day for local nonprofits in Omaha and Council Bluffs. Organizer Marjorie Maas said results from the first-ever “do good takeover” tell a promising story.
     
    Opportunities to hear about Giving Tuesday multiplied, from a few hundred thousand in 2018 to upwards of seven million this year, according to media and advertising metrics tracked by Universal Information Services. 15-second commercials and some 200 SHARE Omaha members invited everyone in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area to do some good and be part of Giving Tuesday. The global generosity movement now inspires over 200 community campaigns nationwide.

    3 Businesses doing good for Giving Tuesday

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 26, 2019    in
    Businesses can be Do Gooders, too! These three metro businesses are joining in the do good takeover, and invite you to join them to spread positivity for Giving Tuesday.

    Dusted Charm


     

    Dusted Charm, a boutique in Council Bluffs, has already collected 2k+ diapers for FAMILY, Inc

    Dusted Charm continues to collect diapers and cash/check donations through Wednesday 11/27! Enjoy 20% off your purchase when you donate a package of diapers.

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